To take the back seat when you usually drive is a tricky thing to do, especially when your practice relies so much on direction. You are forever thinking what you would do, but in fact you have no solid control over the course of events. Photographing is a very unique thing to different people. You will very rarely find two photographers who photograph in the same way. We are always different. This process, however, is incredibly interesting to photograph. I will refrain from saying important. It is something that opens up the picture and allows us to see the whole scenario. It is not a crucial component but adds a very deep layer to the final photograph we see.
The position you would take when photographing someone else photographing is a bizarre one. Your aesthetic will naturally rub off onto the result and create a unique and un-perfected document. It is not complete and never will be. That is not its intention, nor purpose.
It gives us a chance to see the maker at work, and that in itself is incredibly important, prior to what I said before. It is not crucial to understand the work but it opens up the photograph they take and allows a complete meaning. It is like when you see a famous photograph but then see the making of, you get a sense of how they approach people, what they look like and where they put their light meter. These things, as photographers, define our experience with photographs and how we take them, because everyone has a ritual when a camera is involved.
Its just a perfect photograph, absolutely perfect from the soft but sharp focus, colour tones and the red lines created by the socks. I find myself not thinking about what the meaning is and instead sit in a waiting room of aesthetic joy. Its production as a picture is in perfect balance.